Photo by Jeanne Rice> Radar. The only band I would want to hear play a 30-minute song with no repeating parts. I'd call it "math rock on acid" if I were looking for a description other than plain old supercalifragilisticexpialodocious.
> Neal's Music, 16458 Bolsa Chica Rd., Huntington Beach, (714) 903-9036. Imagine a thirtysomething heavy-metal musician pushing dusty old effect pedals and synthesizers from the attic of his Huntington Beach home, and you'll realize the beauty that is Neal's. It's a great place to find a great deal, and it's the only place to find heaps of fantastic goodies and buried treasure mixed in with a bit of random, useless junk.
> DJ Dia. If you've been searching for une fte magnifique on Thursday nights, then peep DJ Dia, who charts a course through the seas of indie pop every third Thursday of the month at Que Sera in Long Beach.
> The Lench. They've got a song about the Matterhorn; a song about the Kraken, that sea monster from the movie Clash of the Titans; and a song about the Sith Lord. Not usual subjects for a hardcore band, but they're among the many reasons you'll fall in love with the Lench. Look for their first release soon.
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> Aaron Gieser. Why is it this guy gets to have one of the most amazing sets of ears an engineer could hope for—and at the age of 24? I'm so completely jealous . . . or maybe I should just be content with the fact that I'm recording with him. For an amazing experience, try recording your band's next record at the Alfaro Mansion in Riverside with Aaron Gieser, and discover for yourself just how good life in a band can actually be.